About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 16:58 - 27 Feb.'15
 
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Georgia Church Leader: Ivanishvili Should Have Georgian Citizenship
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 13 Nov.'11 / 19:53

Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Ilia II, said President Saakashvili should restore billionaire philanthropist Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Georgian citizenship, which he has lost following his announcement about going into politics last month.

“There is much talk about whether Bidzina Ivanishvili should have or not the Georgian citizenship. Of course he should have it, because he is Georgian. I think that each Georgian whether born in Georgia or not, who is Georgian with flesh and spirit should be a Georgian citizen,” Ilia II said during his Sunday sermon at the Holy Trinity Cathedral.

“I am very concerned that this simple issue caused so much argument, undesirable argument. I am sure, that our President will take it into consideration and grant him the citizenship,” the head of the Georgian Orthodox Church said.

About 2.5% of Ivanishvili’s GEL 1.49 billion (about USD 901.8 million) broad-range of charitable donations in a period of 2005-2010 went on financing restoration of hundreds of churches and frescos. Of GEL 38 million, which was donated to 504 such projects in that period of time, at least GEL 10 million was contributed to the construction of the country’s main and the largest cathedral of Holy Trinity in Tbilisi.

RELATED
Latest News
27 Feb.'15 16:58
C.Bank Chief Responds to ‘Slanderous Campaign’, Calls to Stop ‘Blame-Shifting’ over GEL Fall
Late on Friday afternoon GEL strengthened 3.7% to 2.1654 per U.S. dollar.
27 Feb.'15 12:57
Georgian, Russian Diplomats Meet in Prague
Russia said to complete remaining work to implement 2011 WTO deal in near future.
27 Feb.'15 12:48
January GDP Growth 0.5% - Preliminary Data
Government plans to more than halve its growth forecast for this year.
27 Feb.'15 11:10
Georgian PM Visits Romania
Garibashvili will meet his Romanian counterpart Victor Ponta.
26 Feb.'15 22:34
EU’s Tusk Calls on Georgia to ‘Advance Substantially Reforms’
“Fostering a political climate of respect is another area where I have encouraged progress,” Tusk said.
26 Feb.'15 21:54
Georgia Aims to ‘Fulfill All Benchmarks’ of EU Visa-Free Plan by EaP Riga Summit
Visiting Brussels, PM said Georgia expects European Commission to give positive recommendation.
26 Feb.'15 18:24
Ivanishvili Blames GEL Fall on Central Bank
Blaming government for depreciation of lari is groundless, ex-PM said.
26 Feb.'15 12:47
Two Parliamentary Committees Endorse Supreme Court Chair Candidate
Gvenetadze outlined priorities at two separate hearings of parliamentary committees on February 25.
26 Feb.'15 10:19
Georgian PM Visits Brussels
Garibashvili will meet EU leadership, as well as Moldova’s new PM Chiril Gaburici.
25 Feb.'15 20:32
President Rejects to Convene Parliament Session to Debate on Economy
Govt should be given time to present plan on overcoming existing difficulties, President said.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2013, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
72